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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,553 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #6

Jul 282006

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Acceleration stumbles & bogs down when gas pedal is applied. This scenario occurs all the time when after a normal acceleration is performed and a need arises to accelerate occurs. If you depress accelerator immediately upon taking off this does not occur but, it causes you to over correct stumbling by speeding quickly. If you need to accelerate, the engine will not respond to a normal depression of gas pedal. You need to depress it quickly to cause the engine to go into passing gear etc. My "auto wise" son has suggested that the gas pedal drive by wire sensors could be failing or be bad etc.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 202006

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Vehicle speed control: The Rav4 has some speed control problems. Sometimes, it does not down-shift properly. Then, suddenly it down shifts and accelerates extremely. There is no certain way of controlling the shift. It may create hazardous situations especially merging to the traffic.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 222006

RAV4 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Toyota Rav4, sport, 4X4. Sometimes while pushing down the gas pedal, the car will hesitate for about 1 or 2 seconds before speeding forward. This is usually when at a very slow speed, less than 15 miles/hr. It has been most noticeable making left and right hand turns not from a full stop. The forward acceleration after the hesitation is very extreme, even when I am not pressing the gas pedal heavily. This does not occur all the time and I have not noticed a trend of when it does or does not happen (e.g., weather, temperature of car or air).

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152006

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,300 miles


Erratic acceleration which creates hazardous situations. Sometimes vehicle continues to accelerate when accelerator pedal is depressed, causing unpredictable behavior which leads to dangerous situations. Sometimes vehicle accelerates very rapidly with very little pressure on accelerator pedal, which is hard to control in a stop and go traffic, I almost hit a car in front of me several times. Sometimes pressing accelerator pedal has no reaction for 1 to 3 seconds, which makes it difficult to predict vehicle behavior when merging to faster traffic.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 172006

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
As I stopped at a traffic light the engine began racing and I almost was forced into the intersection into traffic. I had to push as hard as I could on the brake pedal to prevent an accident. This is the 3rd time that has happened and I am very apprehensive about driving the vehicle. It is a 2006 Toyota rav 4 sport.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #1

May 212006

RAV4 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,845 miles
: the contact stated after being parked in a parking lot for 2 hours and 15 minutes, the vehicle was started. It was placed in reverse and the accelerator pedal was depressed. While the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle proceeded at an exceptional speed. In an attempt to stop the momentum of the vehicle, the contact placed the vehicle into neutral. During the incident, the vehicle made an extremely loud noise as if the vehicle was traveling at 100 mph. The brakes were used to stop the vehicle. The key was turned to the off position and the vehicle was later driven home. The vehicle is currently at the service dealer for inspection.

- Woodinville, WA, USA

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